Piedmont Wine

 

The name in Italian means “foot of the mountain,” given its location at the foot of the Alps and the Appenine Mountains. These help to moderate the hot and dry summers, with cool, foggy springs and autumns, and frigid winters. There are a whopping 52 DOC/DOCGs zones, with the most famous being Asti (for both Moscato d’Asti and Asti Spumante), the two Barbera districts, Barbaresco, the six Dolcetto districts, the Freisas, the Grignolinos, Langhe, Monferato and of course, Barolo Chinato. Tradition is the region’s most valued currency, and no other region in Italy, perhaps the world, holds as much importance to tradition in respect to sense of place, methods of viticulture and loyalty to craftsmanship as the Piedmontese. In Piedmont there are no IGT’s (a non-specific regional label with loose standards for ingredients and methods).
 
Piedmont has undergone many landlords. It was first settled by the Celtics, then the Greeks, then the Romans, then the marauding Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Piedmont View all

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Dolcetto

    History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one ...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Muscat Blanc À Petits Grains

    History of the grape: From Greece, Muscat was brought into Crimea in the Soviet Union where it was spread into what i...

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  • Vietti

    Since 1974 certain Vietti wines have been dressed with specially-designed original works (lithogr...

  • Ettore Germano

    The "Germano Ettore" estate lies on one of the most important crus of Serralunga d'Alba named "Ce...

  • Cantine SanSilvestro di Sartirano Figli s.n.c.

    The “Cantine San Silvestro” is located in the territory of the Commune of Novello. It mainly pro...

  • G.B. Burlotto

    Our wines are created in an ancient structure, which surrounds an interior garden. Fermentation t...

  • Tenuta Olim Bauda

    When an activity like wine making – poetical and practical at the same time – is passed down from...

  • Ciabot Berton

    From the Cantina Ciabot Berton sited in La Morra, the enchanting landscape of the Langhe area st...

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Piedmont on Snooth

  • Terre del Barolo Barbera 2006

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    Completely 'mute' nose, no discernible fruit to speak of, except maybe some sour cherries. Apart from some decent acidity, this wine is way overpriced even at 14 bucks. Read More

    Wine review by absolutlahmi


  • Brovia Barolo Rocche Dei Brovia 1990

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    Still very young this is approaching its peak drinking plateau and offers up an impeccably balanced mid-palate, really superb tension in the mouth with brooding, broad, tarry fruit. This is muscular and sinewy and really deserves additional time in the cellar or decanter but was just so captivating even at this stage. The fruit has just a hint o... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero 1982

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    A particularly fresh bottle of Villero, Viettis first from the Villero vineyard. This started out with a bit of evolved, cellar floor sandiness over the bright fruits and fine nuanced anise, salted caper and dried floral tones. This rolled across the palate with admirable density and perked up as the wine opened revealing a freshness that was ir... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Riserva 1958

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    There are many versions of this wine, this being a true red capsule original release showed beautifully resolved but still with a solid core of red fruits. The acidity is just beginning to be a touch prominent, especially on the finish but there is solid length here and real finesse. 90pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino 1971

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    This is such a monumental wine and I dont think Ive ever had a finer bottle. Deeply fruited and still singing on the nose with insinuations of tar, licorice, and truffle but such a core of dark, sweet, earthy cherry fruit. In the mouth the balance is very fine, the tannins have melted away but there are still plenty to keep the fruit in check an... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Mascarello Bartolo Barolo 1988

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    As is so typical of Bartolos wines, this opens slowly revealing very little at first. The notes of earthy, dusty cellar floor slowly yield to citrussy wild berry fruit, dried thyme, fresh funghi and a classic cinnamon spice element. In the mouth this offers up a fresh minerally midpalate with excellent supporting acids and adds weight with airin... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Oddero Barolo 1978

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    This opens with a bit of animal funk, penetrating and fairly intense with limestone, red cherry and leather notes dominating though there are nice grace notes of Red Hots and a light underlay of Golia candy and animal fur. This is surprisingly silky and elegant in the mouth though the tannins are a touch rustic, particularly across the midpalate... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Poderi Rocche Manzoni Valentino Barolo 1978

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    There are lots of bottles of this wine floating around. I have had bottles that were revelations, bottles that had been cooked to death, and bottles in-between. This was a bit in between tonight. A touch flat and shallow on the nose with nice elements that recall amaro with cinnamon and mint tones. In the mouth the wine retains a sweet core of f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Conterno Giacomo Barolo Cascina Francia 1988

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    This opens very slowly with impressively layered aromatics, tight and very mineral driven at first with river stones drying in the sun, then the fruit pops with a seared cherry note, tarry and slightly smoky with a subtle note of crushed rose petals accentuating the red berry, currant fruit. Turns progressively sweeter smelling with grace notes ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gaja Barolo Langhe Sperss 1988

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    Not surprisingly this has a rather assertive oaken sheen on the nose with a smoky, pickle barrel character. Under the wood there are fine notes of leathery, strongly floral fruit that verges into the almost Cabernet Franc-like vegetal zone. Airing helps moderate the wood and notes of thyme; wild black berry, subtle funghi and minerals emerge slo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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